All My Tears

Nov 14, 2015 // PERFORMANCE, VIDEO

One of Riverview’s bands “Elisha & The Bears” released their debut EP this fall and we released this video to coincide with its release.

Technicalities

Shot using a static Canon 5D with a prime 28mm lens on the lead vocalist. A static Canon 7D with a prime 50mm lens on the secondary vocalist. A Canon T2i with a prim 50mm lens on a slider in the main room. A Canon 60D with a fixed 50mm on a shoulder mount in the main room.

Lit using one 200w soft box lighting the lead vocalist with an Arri 650 pointed at the ceiling in the main room and a second 200w soft box lighting the secondary vocalist. Available light supplemented the environmental lighting.

Audio provided by sound producer.

Recorded in multiple takes with the bulk of the footage pulled from the chosen studio track, supplemented by non-track takes.

Challenges

Working off a studio track is amazing in that you have super clean audio, but it proves difficult when the track has been edited beyond the live take. To cover up some of the overdubs in this video I had to splice together available footage to create the illusion of being a fully live video.

Video assistance by Ryne Weber.
Audio recorded by Ryan Wert at Elm Street Studios.

One Church. Four Venues.

Nov 14, 2015 // PROMOTION, VIDEO

This fall Riverview launched their fourth venue in the Greater Lansing Area. In an effort to stay connected with the Riv family, I put together a series of videos highlighting each venue and what’s been happening their over the recent months. I interviewed each Venue Director to summarize where their venue has been in the last year as well what things they’re looking forward to in the coming months.

These were the first videos shot in our new studio space. I experimented with a white background which varies from the usual “empty space” black background I employ.

Holt Venue

The first of Riv’s venues which is the most geographically diverse in it’s draw. It has much more of a regional feel rather than a specific Holt focus.

MSU Venue

This venue meets on Michigan State’s campus and is largely made up of college students and young professionals that have decided to stay in East Lansing post-graduation.

Westside Venue

This is the most recently launched venue and is unique in the fact that its location has had a church in it for over 130 years.

REO Town Venue

This venue is in a commercial district that has made drastic changes over the past five years. It was once a run-down corridor and is now filled with excitement and a strong focus on local businesses and arts.

Technicalities

Shot on Canon 5D and 60D with prime 50mm and 28mm lenses respectively.

Audio recorded via lavaliere hidden under the shirt with a stationary boom above the frame as a backup.

Lit with an Arri 650 through a soft box with a 200w light as fill. Two clamp lights acted as back lights from the lighting grid.

Challenges

Creating a series of videos that function independently and collectively presents a unique set of challenges. The hope is to convey a singular message across the pieces but not be redundant in pushing that theme. I sought to reinforce the idea that Riv is one church, but contextualized each video to really highlight each independent community.

There’s a good reason colorists have full time jobs – it’s super difficult! Setting color on a white background is even less forgiving with maintaining consistency. This is the technical downfall of this project, and something I’m continually striving to improve.

SAN FRANCISCO

Oct 6, 2015 // LIFESTYLE, PHOTO

This past February I escaped the blowing snow of Michigan for the warm sun of the Golden Coast. This was my first visit to California and I honestly think I fell for the West Coast life. Everything seemed so laid-back and easygoing. What shocked me most was that people actually waited at a crosswalk if it said “don’t walk” – a far cry from the midwesterner’s hurry to cross the street. Seriously though, I couldn’t get over this!

As an added bonus, I was able to explore the great city of San Francisco with my oldest brother. Tasting the brews of many a local coffee shop, biking the Golden Gate, taking in the sunrise from the pier, and enjoying a (post) sunset picnic on the ocean together – yeah this is what vacation is supposed to be.

I’m pretty much decided that this is a necessary trip to repeat in the coming year.

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Seeing the Mrs. Doubtfire house was one of the few items on my list of ‘have-to’ see places in San Francisco. I was pretty much raised with that movie. So glad I made it!

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